Wi-Fi Facts – 21 interesting Wi-Fi Facts you probably didn’t know

September 22,2015 in  IoT
by Violet Chepil

Although we using the Internet everyday, there are probably many Wi-Fi Facts you do not even know. How can something we rely on every day remain such a mystery?

Wi-Fi Facts

It’s a fact (no pun intended) that Wi-Fi has reshaped the way that we work, study and interact with each other. We use Wi-Fi so frequently that many of us don’t give it a second thought anymore.  That said many of us do not know any Wi-Fi Facts. Get to know WiFi better by reading these 21 interesting Wi-Fi facts. 

“Does this hotel have free FlankSpeed?”

“Dad, the DragonFly is slow again!” 

It may sound odd but the terms FlankSpeed and DragonFly were two names used for wireless internet before the term Wi-Fi was adopted. Thank the Internet Gods that those Wi-Fi terms didn’t stick! 

Here are some very interesting Wi-Fi Facts you can use to impress your friends, family and colleagues. 

21 interesting Wi-Fi Facts

  1. Wi-Fi was called some weird names like FlankSpeed
    Previous names for Wi-Fi were WaveLAN, FlankSpeed, DragonFly, WECA and IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence, before the more consumer friendly name of Wi-Fi was adopted.
  2. Interbrand invented the term Wi-Fi
    Interrbrand invented the term “Wi-Fi” as a play on words of the term “Hi-Fi” or “High Fidelity”.
  3. Wi-Fi doesn’t actually mean anythingEven though Interbrand invented the term, Wi-Fi doesn’t actually stand for anything. What added to the confusion was the Wi-Fi Alliance’s use of a nonsense advertising slogan, “The Standard for Wireless Fidelity,” which led many people to think that Wi-Fi was an abbreviation of “Wireless Fidelity”.
  4. 250 devices can connect to the common WiFi router
    Most access points and wireless routers can support up to 250 devices at once. That said, bandwidth distribution can vary widely the more devices that are connected so this does not mean that each device will have a strong and reliable connection speed.
  5. Wi-Fi is almost 30 years old
    It may seem like only yesterday we were all dialling in for our connection, but wireless internet was actually founded in September 1990! Wi-Fi is now going to have its 30th birthday. Feeling old yet?
  6. Wi-Fi signals are doughnut shaped
    Wi-Fi signals generally emit from a classic router or repeated in a doughnut shape. A doughnut-shaped wireless coverage field is made and there is a hole in the middle just like a doughnut – where there is no coverage. Now that is a tasty thought. 
  7. MSPs started emerging in the 90s
    With the introduction of Wi-Fi in the 1990’s business environments started to depend heavily on connected devices for continuity and performance. This led to the emergence of a new sector in the 1990s called managed services. The scope of an MSP’s services now includes: network monitoring and management, connect device and IoT systems monitoring and management, mobile device management, managed security, remote firewall administration, security-as-a-service, and managed print services.
  8. Ethernet was invented in the 1970’s
    Ethernet – the most commonly used wired network standard – was invented almost half a century ago in the early 1970’s, by Bob Metcalfe.
  9. “IP on everything” was first coined in 1992 by “Father of the Internet” In 1992, Vinton G. Cerf, VP, known as the “Father of the Internet,” first predicted that IP would appear on everything. He also wore a controversial T-shirt with the phrase, which apparently caused quite the stir at the time!
  10. “Internet of Things” was first coined in 1999
    You may have only heard of it recently, but the term Internet of Things (IoT) has actually been around for almost 20 years! The term was first coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, a British visionary and engineer
  11. Wi-Fi is the biggest transmitter of mobile communications
    A whopping 71% of mobile communications flow over wireless internet which means Wi-Fi is now the biggest transmitter of communications around the world.
  12. South Korea has the fastest Wi-Fi speedss
    The global average internet speed is sitting at 5.6Mbps but South Korea is storming ahead as the fastest country in the world with an average internet speed of 28.6 Mbps! 
  13. There are more devices than people
    In 2016 there were approximately 7 billion people living on the planet and over 23 billion devices connected to the Internet which is an average of 3 devices per person.
  14. 300 million wearables shipped in 2019
    IDC says that 300 million wearable units were sold in 2019 and that by 2025 500 million will wearable be sold annually. With companies like Apple and Fitbit bringing the internet to your wrist, it’s no wonder this IoT category is taking off. 
  15. Devices are doubling
    By 2025 it is estimated there will be over 50 billion Wi-Fi connected devices worldwide being used by 7.8 billion people which is over double  the amount of average devices per person!
  16. Security is driving smart home tech adoption
    90% of consumers are being driven towards the connected smart home trend by better security for their homes and families. There are tons of great smart home security products, but most people get started by adding Security Cameras, Motion Detectors, and a Smart Alarm System. 
  17. WiFi connected homes are becoming the norm
    There are currently around 150 million smart homes worldwide which means it won’t be long before Wi-Fi connected homes are the norm.
  18. Connected thermostats are on consumers wish-lists
    Wi-Fi connected thermostats, with their money-saving and environmentally-conscious features, top the consumer wish list of Smart Home desires
  19. Half the world is using the Internet
    As of June 2019, 4.5 billion people are using the Internet – that’s over half the world’s population connected to the world wide web just like you are.
  20. 40.46 billion IoT connected devices by 2025
    The number of connected things is growing exponentially. IDC estimates there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices, or “things,” generating 79.4 zettabytes (ZB) of data in 2025
  21. WiFi interference is real – that is a Wi-Fi Fact
    There are many factors that can cause WiFi interference like. Proximity of a device to the WiFi router, large walls, being near devices that can cause interference like (cables, microwave ovens, fluorescent lights, wireless video cameras, and cordless phones) and too many devices being connected to one access point can also cause Wi-Fi problems. As mentioned earlier, most access points can handle up to 250 devices but this will definitely impact your connection speed.


So there you have it, 21 little-known Wi-Fi facts you can now use to show-off to your friends! Wi-Fi has already changed the world so much over the past 3 decades and we look forward to seeing where it will take us next. 

Got any Wi-Fi Facts to add? Tweet them at us @domotz.

Further reading:

  1. What is SNMP
  2. MSP IoT: What devices are MSPs monitoring
  3. MSP RMM: how to choose the right software for your MSP business
  4. MSP Services: 8 easy ways MSPs can expand their services with security features

Updated on 23 July 2020

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